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Why are autistic children so sensitive to stimuli?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Structure & function

of the autistic vs.
neurotypical (NT) brain differ. Activation on fMRI of frontal & temporal cortex in teens with ASD vs. NT's exposed to 2 slightly noxious stimuli showed = initial sensations but over-reactivity in processing & interpretating them in those with ASD, consistent with anatomical findings of small patches of disorganized neurons in the layers of the frontal & temporal cortex in ASD

In brief: Structure & function

of the autistic vs.
neurotypical (NT) brain differ. Activation on fMRI of frontal & temporal cortex in teens with ASD vs. NT's exposed to 2 slightly noxious stimuli showed = initial sensations but over-reactivity in processing & interpretating them in those with ASD, consistent with anatomical findings of small patches of disorganized neurons in the layers of the frontal & temporal cortex in ASD
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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